Johanns: Farmers should be exempt from costly EPA fuel regs

 “There is no question that we need to protect the land around us, but a one-size-fits-all approach that fails to acknowledge that a farm is different from a gas station and farm trucks are different from long-haul trucks, unnecessarily hurts the ag community,” Johanns said in a written statement. “These bills would save farmers tens of thousands of dollars in compliance costs.”

Under the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship (FUELS) Act , farmers’ above-ground oil storage tanks would be exempt from the EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations, if they hold less than 10,000 gallons.  Farmers storing less than 42,000 gallons could certify their own prevention plans, under the bill, which is also co sponsored by Sens. Deb FischerDeb FischerRemembering small business during the presidential election Overnight Healthcare: Health mergers in trouble? | Norovirus in Cleveland | GOP chairman rejects Trump Medicare pricing plan Reluctant lobbyists descend on Cleveland MORE (R-Neb.), Mark PryorMark PryorCotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood MORE (D-Ark.), John BoozmanJohn BoozmanTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Senators launch broadband caucus A GMO labeling law that doesn’t require English? No thanks! MORE (R-Ark.), Thad CochranThad CochranWhy a bill about catfish will show whether Ryan's serious about regulatory reform Capitol locked down for second time in a week This week: Congress eyes the exits in dash to recess MORE (R-Miss.) and James InhofeJames InhofeFeds withdraw lesser prairie-chicken protections A GMO labeling law that doesn’t require English? No thanks! Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention MORE (R-Okla.).

The other bill would exempt agriculture operations from the requirements that they must obtain a hazardous material permit, if they carry less than 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel and the vehicle is clearly marked. That legislation is also cosponsored by Sens. Jerry MoranJerry MoranMeet the rising GOP star who already enrages the left GOP warming up to Cuba travel Senate clears FAA authorization bill MORE (R-Kan.), Pat RobertsPat RobertsMeet the rising GOP star who already enrages the left Senators ask IRS to issue guidance to help startups GOP makes new push on wildfire bills MORE (R-Kan.) and Heidi HeitkampHeidi HeitkampFeds weigh minimum train crew sizes Senate Dems push Obama for more Iran transparency Emerging technology-based consensus may help clear the air MORE (D-N.D.).